Midweek Wake-Up, December 6, 2017
As I write this I reflect on my cold, windy walk to church this morning. Walking amidst the dim of the winter morning, covering up my face as the wind howled with increasing intensity. As I trekked along, I found myself reflecting on the wonderful book of Colossians, and the wonder of this season. I find these December mornings rather delightful, walking through the snow covered streets, knowing that Christmas is only a couple of weeks away – and all the joy, laughter, lights and celebration that come with this wonderful time of the year. Like the cold, dark mood is lifted, as something underneath awaits to erupt with joy!!
Then comes January and February. Cold, dark, rather bleak with nothing to look forward to but the warmth and thaw of the spring. Imagine it being January and February all year round, with no spring, no Christmas to look forward to. Just darkness and ice – with no anticipation of Christmas, and the celebration that erupts within us.
Perhaps this is why the cold of December is never as bleak as the other winter months that follow. We await the rescue from the dreariness with the joy of Christmas. This is the wonder that Paul writes about in Colossians 1, “that we’ve been rescued from the domain of darkness and transferred into the kingdom of the Son He loves”.
You and I have been rescued by God’s Son, who entered into the cold, bleak darkness of our lives to rescue us. Taking us from one kingdom (the kingdom of perpetual darkness) – into another (the kingdom of light), where Christmas will come again, because God’ Son has entered into our world.
NSC, I pray this December that you may once again be in awe of the God who stepped into our world, saving us from the evil kingdom of darkness. And may this cause within each of us, an eruption of joy and gratitude that bursts out in celebration!!